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DAUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 26: Sam Spratt unsaddles Prince Kaapstad following victory ahead of 2nd placed Jason Waddell and Il Divo in the First Sovereign Trust Great Northern Guineas during the boxing day races at Ellerslie racecourse on December 26, 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)

Sam Spratt unsaddles Prince Kaapstad following victory ahead of 2nd placed Jason Waddell and Il Divo in the First Sovereign Trust Great Northern Guineas during the boxing day races at Ellerslie racecourse on December 26, 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Alex Rodriguez nearly laughed when Pete Rose complimented Derek Jeter

    Alex Rodriguez cannot stop his face from making that look when Pete Rose starts complimenting Derek Jeter. Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, and Frank Thomas have been providing interesting commentary before and after the games, with A-Rod in particular standing out as a guy with deep baseball knowledge and a thoughtful approach. Of course, when you sit A-Rod and his thoughtful approach next to Pete Rose, king of the hot take, you’re bound to get a few strange and uncomfortable moments.

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  • Why does Henrik Lundqvist start slow? (Trending Topics)

    The Rangers defeated the Islanders 5-3. It was hard not to notice Henrik Lundqvist having another rough outing on Wednesday night. Certainly, expecting Lundqvist to stay below .900 on his save percentage is a fool’s errand, but on some level, you don’t like to see a team expected to have a decent amount of problems squandering what has been a solid start to the season, possession-wise.

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  • Syndergaard and #BanTheWave

    This past season, Noah Syndergaard made it clear on Twitter that he is not a fan of doing the wave during sporting events, often ending his rant with #BanTheWave. Syndergaard first started his stance during a video earlier this season with SNY.TV, during which he shared a variety of helpful tips for Mets fans attending games at Citi Field... However, in a feature Oct. 20 for ESPN.com, Tom Junod says he hated doing the wave until he tried it. "I decided right there that I had to give the wave one more try, with Syndergaard on the hill," he writes. "As we had conspired to start the wave, Syndergaard had given up a leadoff double. Then, as our wave lived and died, he struck out the side. Order had

  • Even Dylan Larkin is fighting for the Red Wings now

    Something very strange has been happening in Detroit in the early parts of the 2016-17 season. The Red Wings … are fighting. A lot. This is a strange development because not only fighting has been rapidly decreasing across the league for several years now, but also because the Red Wings have been last in the league in fighting majors in 10 out of the past 11 seasons. The one year over that stretch they were not last (2012-13) they were 29th. Nobody fights less than these guys. In most of those years they never even reached double digits in fighting majors, and have only had eight in each of the past two seasons. But through the first five games this season they already have five of them, and

  • Five drivers to watch at Talladega

    Although Talladega Superspeedway can be unpredictable, here are five drivers you should not keep an eye off of this weekend. His advancement out of the Round of 16 was a surprise to some. But an advance out of the Round of 12 wouldn’t be. He’s still looking for his first Sprint Cup win, but Dillon’s been a solid competitor on plate tracks. Not only is he one of two Chasers with top-10 finishes in all 3 plate races this season, his career average finish on plate tracks (14.46) is second all-time only to Dale Earnhardt. The other Chaser with top 10s in all three plate races this season? That would be Busch, who’s posted finishes of third, second, and second in those events. Additionally, his 4.8

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  • Hamilton fastest, Mercedes gaps field in opening USGP practice

    Lewis Hamilton made an impressive start to the United States Grand Prix weekend in Austin, Texas by topping the first Formula 1 practice session on Friday morning at the Circuit of The Americas. Hamilton arrived in Austin trailing Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 33 points at the top of the drivers’ championship, having not won a race since the end of July. The Briton is a three-time victor at COTA, as well as claiming the last F1 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in 2007, making the United States a happy hunting ground for the defending champion. Hamilton and Rosberg came out of the blocks early in FP1, immediately pulling clear of the field with laps on the super-soft tire. Hamilton

  • Report: USWNT star Holiday has brain tumor removed

    World Cup champion Lauren Holiday has had a brain tumor removed, one month after giving birth. Holiday’s husband, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, announced that his pregnant wife was diagnosed with an operable tumor in September, and Lauren Holiday has publicly thanked fans for support while requesting prayers. The Holidays welcomed their first child earlier this month, and Jrue left the Pelicans preseason to help his wife. The BBC added this tidbit: Unbelievably as a three-year-old, she had open-heart surgery to repair a defect and went on to become one of the world’s most respected football players. Get well soon, Lauren.

  • SportsFlash – Josh Brown put on commissioner’s exempt list

    Yahoo Sports recaps the top sports headlines including the latest on Josh Brown, good news for the Buffalo Bills, and “Wild Thing” at the World Series.

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  • SK Telecom T1 beats ROX Tigers in best League of Legends Worlds series of all time

    In perhaps the best five-game series of all time — and almost certainly the best in Worlds history — SKT beat ROX Tigers to punch their ticket to Staples Center and their third Worlds final in four years. After an incredibly close loss in the first game, ROX Tigers tried something that no one could have expected. Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon pulled out Miss Fortune support for Game 2 to lane with Kim “PraY” Jong-in’s Ashe.

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  • Red Sox sports medicine director says David Ortiz “was essentially playing on stumps”

    David Ortiz had a whale of a final season with the Red Sox. It was so good that he was asked, many, many times, if he was thinking of reversing his retirement decision and coming back for 2017. Ortiz always said no, he was still retiring, occasionally making mention of his aching feet and the physical grind his 40-year-old body was undergoing. We now know just how much of a grind it was. Indeed, it was extreme. We know this because Dan Dyrek, the Red Sox’ coordinator of sports medicine services, tells it to Rob Bradford of WEEI. Dyrek says that the injuries to Ortiz’s feet, which were often referred to as achilles tendon problems, were way, way more complicated than that, affecting every muscle,

  • Daniel Winnik loses chunk of ear on nasty blocked shot (Video)

    Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik decided to make an aggressive play on Thursday night with his team up by a goal in the third period. As Reilly Smith of the Florida Panthers cranked up for a shot on the Capitals’ goal, Winnik dropped down to

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  • The secret behind Addison Russell's surge: A teammate's underwear

    Prior to Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, some were calling for Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell to be benched. Up until that point, Russell had gone hitless in the series, and many wondered whether manager Joe Maddon would be better off leaving him off the lineup card for Game 4. Russell broke out with a three-hit performance in Game 4 that included a big two-run homer.

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  • Canucks look to remain unbeaten on tough weekend road trip

    The Vancouver Canucks were a popular preseason pick to finish the 2016-17 season as one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. Who knows, when all is said and done they still might end up closer to the basement. But for now, the Canucks are — quite surprisingly! — the NHL’s last unbeaten team thanks to a 4-0-0 start that has included a bunch of one-goal wins, including three overtime games. Relying on overtime and come-from-behind wins every night probably isn’t the best long-term strategy when it comes to winning games, but for right now it has worked, and the wins in October count just as much as the wins later in the season. Every point helps. If they want to remain as the NHL’s only

  • Injury Wrap: Waiting on LeSean McCoy; Jordan Reed out

    • With Doug Martin (hamstring) now week-to-week, it’s going to be the Jacquizz Rodgers show at San Francisco. • Tyler Eifert (back) has a chance to play Sunday, though it’s going to be a game-day decision and he probably isn’t ready for a full-time workload. • Jordan Reed (concussion) isn’t ready to play, so perhaps Vernon Davis will get a bump against Detroit’s leaky seam coverage.

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  • Spurs' LaMarcus Aldridge responds to trade rumors

    Rumors are circulating that the Spurs might trade LaMarcus Aldridge because he's not happy with the team, but the big man went on the Jim Rome Show Thursday and did his best to put the rumors to rest. “Yeah, for sure I am,” Aldridge said when asked if he was happy in San Antonio. As for the trade rumors, Aldridge has heard those too.

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  • Jose Mourinho's managerial success built on one great irony after another

    Jose Mourinho’s career has been ruled by irony. It was ironic that Mourinho, the young translator who wanted to be a coach and whom Louis van Gaal didn’t quite know what to do with during the Dutchman’s time as Barcelona manager, wound up being a formidable foible in the Premier League almost two decades later – when Mourinho’s Chelsea handily won the league as van Gaal’s Manchester United crumbled. It was ironic that when van Gaal left Barca in 2000, Mourinho was let go as well, even though he had predated van Gaal.

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  • The 11-Minute Intercontinental Champion

    22 years ago today at All Japan Pro Wrestling's 22nd anniversary show in Tokyo, Japan, Toshiaka Kawada defeated "Dr. Death" Steve Williams to win the All Japan Triple Crown Championship. 21 years ago today, WWF presented In Your House 4: Great White North (WWE Network link) from the Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 10,339 were in attendance, with 90,000 homes watching on PPV, though some estimates have the number of home buys as high as 125,000. When the PPV went off the air, legend has it that Vince McMahon was so disgusted with the main event, he slammed down his headset and screamed “Horrible!”, leading to the decision to end Diesel’s long reign as WWF Champion a month later.

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  • Rudy Gay gave George Karl a pretty dark welcome to Sacramento

    Rudy Gay ponders another day in hell. The Sacramento Kings have been one of the worst and most unstable franchises in the NBA for the better part of a decade. Small forward Rudy Gay was apparently in that dark frame of mind when George Karl became Kings head coach in February 2015.

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  • GEICO to sponsor restart zone at 11 ISC tracks, starts this weekend

    GEICO is expanding its NASCAR involvement, the company announced Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. First, GEICO will sponsor the on-track restart zone at Talladega this entire weekend. Then, beginning in 2017, GEICO will sponsor the on-track restart zone at 11 of International Speedway Corporation’s racetracks that hold NASCAR events. Those tracks that will carry the GEICO Restart Zone next season are Chicagoland Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International. Auto

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  • Clarke MacArthur 'not ready for the next chapter,' wants to keep playing

    Clarke MacArthur says he still has “logs burning on the fire,” and that he’s not ready to walk away from hockey after suffering yet another concussion that’s sidelined him. One month after taking a hit in an intrasquad game from Patrick Sieloff, MacArthur spoke to reporters Friday and said while he’s feeling better, he still is experiencing concussion symptoms.

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  • The Tigers will listen to trade offers on anybody

    Earlier this week Tigers GM Al Avila said that his club was going to get “lean” and “efficient” and that their days of spending big money are over. Later in the week Avila said that they would not likely offer a long term contract to outfielder J.D. Martinez, who will become a free agent after the 2017 season. None of those comments necessarily suggested that the Tigers would be conducting a fire sale or anything, and it’s certainly possible to get leaner while still competing. One would assume that the Tigers could cut fat in the middle but still head into battle with their superstars. But that may not be the plan. Buster Olney: Trading those guys would be a pretty big deal. In both senses of

  • Guy Boucher won’t have ‘revenge’ on his mind during Saturday’s tilt against the Bolts

    On Saturday night, Sens coach Guy Boucher will get his first crack at the Tampa Bay Lightning since they fired him during the 2012-13 season. After being relieved of his duties, he had a hard time finding a head coaching gig in the NHL and was forced to move to Switzerland to stay behind the bench. Despite the end result, Boucher says there’s no hard feelings between he and his old club. “Maybe it’s the distance of the years, I’m very calm and almost cold about it,” Boucher said, per the Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t know how to explain it. It’s been too long. I guess if it was last year, or two months ago, and it was all the people I worked with, all the players I had, but I only coached two players.

  • Big performances from Adams, Montgomery bail out ailing Packers offense

    At their most desperate time, the Green Bay Packers leaned on two overlooked receivers to bail them out of their offensive struggles in a 26-10 win over the Chicago Bears on Thursday to improve to 4-2. Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery, second- and third-round picks in 2014 and 2015 respectively, had done little in their careers to justify their draft statuses. Adams spent most of this week in the concussion protocol and had been plagued by drops, which subjected him to the wrath of Packers fans everywhere.

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  • Bill Murray crashed the White House press briefing to hype up the Cubs

    When you’re Bill Murray, movie star and international man of unpredictability, sometimes you just find yourself in the White House on a random Friday. Such was the case when Murray crashed the regular White House press briefing and got in front of the mic. Wearing a Cubs pullover with a Cubs cap in his hand, Murray rattled off all the reasons he thinks the Cubs have the best shot to win their National League Championship Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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  • Chelsea: Conte expects warm reception for Mourinho; Terry is fit

    The managers are meeting the media ahead of this week’s Premier League matches, and many eyes are trained on one specific match-up. Chelsea and Manchester United meet on Sunday, the first time Jose Mourinho will manage against his old side since his unceremonious exit last winger. Mourinho, of course, led Chelsea to the 2014-15 title only to see a miserable start to the following campaign. He was hired at Manchester United this summer, but Conte thinks Mourinho’s Chelsea laurels have earned him some love from Stamford Bridge. “I have great respect for Mourinho. He deserves a good reception. He was an important man for Chelsea and wrote part of the club’s story.” Conte also touched on Paul Pogba‘s